GSN Review: Citadelle Gin Juniper Décadence

In 1996, Master Blender Alexandre Gabriel unveiled Citadelle Gin, the first handcrafted French gin. Since then, Gabriel has launched experimental and category-breaking gins like wood-aged Citadelle Réserve, fruit-infused Citadelle Jardin d’été, and exclusive limited editions. 

This year, to mark the occasion of Citadelle’s 25th anniversary, Alexandre and his team have built a new gin distillery in Cognac. With this state-of-the-art creative “tool,” Alexandre says his imagination is free to create even more avant-garde limited editions and launched a highly innovative limited edition: Citadelle Gin Juniper Décadence.

Juniper Décadence pays tribute to its terroir and to the juniper tree so dear to the brand; a large portion of the juniper berries used in its composition were grown in Cognac, a short distance from the distillery. Juniper Décadence is also an ode to the art of ageing. This time, his gin is aged in small juniper barrels.

Since the juniper is a modestly sized tree, its wood is not suitable for making long, curved staves, as it is too hard to bend. So special small casks were built with straight sides. These unique barrels have been toasted to accentuate the vegetal, minty and slightly smoky aspect of juniper wood. Maturation in these barrels enhances Citadelle’s original recipe, with its progressive infusion of 19 botanicals, and heightens its notes of sweet orange peel, which meld wonderfully with juniper’s vegetal and smoky aroma.

GSN’s Remarks: Bright juniper nose. Fresh, near creamy mouthfeel with vanilla and lemon top notes. The piney juniper flavor comes through at the midpoint with a hearty and welcoming greeting on the palate. Going deeper, there is a fresh cut wood essence that reminds us of the winter holidays. A medium long finish, ending on a slightly sweet tone. Overall, a welcome addition to the Citadelle portfolio. A lovely gin for a Martini to showcase the inherent flavors. GSN Rating: A

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